View Full Version : Why do we collect?

08-07-2014, 06:42 AM
Hello, all-
I was just thinking this the other day. What exactly is it about action figures/statues that make us collect them? What is it that draws us to certain items rather than others within the figure/statue realm?

For me, it's a number of things - I find action figures very cool and am amazed by their detail, so owning these things makes me happy. I also find that collecting and involving myself in something that I love reduces stress and helps me get through the day. Among other things, I also find that I'm able to tap into the 'inner kid' in me, esp in collecting figures that help trigger associations with my childhood, such as Star Wars figures.

So, why do you collect? Why specifically certain lines, or themes, and not others?


King Darkness
08-07-2014, 06:43 AM
So, why do you collect?

I have nothing better to do :dunno

08-07-2014, 08:30 AM
I have nothing better to do :dunno

LOL, as good a reason as any... :)

08-07-2014, 08:31 AM
A distraction from focusing on the great cosmic mysteries that lead only to despair.

08-07-2014, 08:36 AM
I collect for the soul reason that Film,Movies,TV, Comics are my life. These collectibles show my passion for them in so many ways. I hope to one day move onto screen used props and display them with all my collectibles but for now 1:6 scale rules my life and I have a passion for it still. I've been collecting for over 6 years and I varied in different things. I never will stop or leave this hobby.

08-07-2014, 09:46 AM
Because I hate money! :lol

Seriously... Though I really have no clue, I guess it's because toys entertained my youth and these entertain me now. Plus it keeps me from getting bored with life.

08-07-2014, 09:51 AM
For myself, being an artist since I was a child, having statutes around helps spark my own creativity. They're also pretty cool.

08-07-2014, 09:53 AM
I read somewhere that collecting stems from issues with absent fathers. :dunno

08-07-2014, 11:54 AM
I got Gene sequenced.. turns out I'm 90% Pack rat:

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Pork Chop Express
08-07-2014, 02:47 PM
Almost everyone collects something, just depends on what your interests are. I guess you could put all your money into a bank account and just save it but it's not like you gonna take it with you when your expiration date comes up. Then again not all collections require large sums of money...
Sell everything and travel.

08-08-2014, 10:45 AM
Because I hate money! :lol

Seriously... Though I really have no clue, I guess it's because toys entertained my youth and these entertain me now. Plus it keeps me from getting bored with life.

Pretty much:exactly:

08-08-2014, 11:31 AM
Lived in an average (slightly above poor) home. So I never got to get cool toys and stuff unless it was from a garage sale :lol

Now I'd say I collect because I love the characters or symbolic meaning for me (as a kid I'd watch a ton of Rambo with my dad, so it's a thing to remember family and stuff by); and also because since I couldn't get that stuff as a kid, I compensate with badass statues. Weird I know.

I'm sure I have other reasons, but I just enjoy the hunt, trying to find a good, debate if it's worth it and so forth. It's a mini adventure in my books.

Mister Ski
08-08-2014, 11:42 AM
To feed my OCD fix.

08-08-2014, 03:15 PM
So I could fit in with the folks on this forum.

08-08-2014, 08:14 PM
I have been thinking about this for a while, I just starting collecting myself. And for me not getting the Green Ranger Dagger might have been why I ended up in this place right now. Growing up I never got the Green Ranger Dagger, but since it was recently release I bought it threw a website called Big Bad toys. From there I was introduced to the forums of Statue Forum and Side Show Freaks, and to the Threads of Showing your collection. So many people have beautiful collections, which made me want to follow and get my own.

08-08-2014, 08:31 PM
started with collecting for fun, now i just buy anything that i have slight interest in as long as the price is low enough and there's some demand on the market, once i receive it i will open it up & play around it, take some photos, then depend on how much i like it, if i really really like it i'd keep it, if it's anything less than that i will try to sell it off, and depends on the level of fondness i have with them & the rarity, i set a price on them, for those that's really rare & i like them but not very very like them, i'd purposely put a higher price tag in hope that nobody will buy them in such short period of time so i can actually keep them longer. the money from the sales can then help me fund the items that i really really like. it's becoming like half hobby half trading thing because if you just collect as hobby, it really takes alot of money and one day it loses it's fun.

08-08-2014, 09:21 PM
It's art, man. And a link to our lost childhood.

08-08-2014, 09:25 PM
I kept well away from collectibles - more money then I was willing to spend. Then my partner got me a SS Clone Trooper (Commander Ganche) for my birthday last year. It just didn't seem right to keep him all alone...

08-09-2014, 06:08 AM
so you sold Commander Ganche and nobody was alone since then.

I kept well away from collectibles - more money then I was willing to spend. Then my partner got me a SS Clone Trooper (Commander Ganche) for my birthday last year. It just didn't seem right to keep him all alone...

08-10-2014, 01:21 PM
Beacuse i am a slave to the man.

08-11-2014, 05:21 PM
So I could fit in with the folks on this forum.

So I could fit in with Lejuan.

08-11-2014, 09:07 PM
It's great art. Like Pilky, I, too, am an artist and this is the kind of stuff that gets me going. Plus I never really grew out of the action figure phase. :lol Or maybe... there was always more to toys for me than for other kids.

08-11-2014, 09:20 PM
Some people point at toys and say "I wish they had that when I was a kid".

F--k that! If it's cool and I want it I don't care about my age.

Kevin Smith is my age and he's not growing up, why should I?

08-13-2014, 09:15 PM
started as souvenirs from my trip to Japan. Turned into collecting memories from childhood. Developed into artistic appreciation. Is really just food for my obsessive compulsions and positive endorphin addiction. :panic:

Statues are neato :dunno

08-14-2014, 07:04 AM
I've collected a variety of stuff over the years. As a kid, I collected role-playing game rule books, starting with good old D&D. As a teen and young adult, comic books. As an older collector, a variety of toys but mostly Transformers and superhero stuff. Now, my main interest is 1:6.

The superhero stuff is a direct link to my childhood, I've always enjoyed comics and cartoons. These figures are iconic representations of my heroic ideal, so I like to be surrounded by them. Also, I think collectors are subconsciously seeking to impose order on a disordered universe. Those RPG books? All carefully in order and annotated. The comics? In order, boxed and bagged, and in later years catalogued in a database. The toys? Well, the boxes that I've kept are nicely sorted on shelves, and all the loose bits are in bags and bins. The toy room itself is divided between DC and Marvel. I know not everyone is like this but I think many collectors have their collection displayed and organized in a way that makes sense to them, ergo order out of chaos.

08-14-2014, 04:16 PM
Same here my parents bought me toys when I was a kid, but not many. I always loved action figures always took care of them. I can't blame my parents they did whatever they could to get us almost anything we wanted, whenever they could. Now that I'm older I could get them by my self, plus looking at them reminds me of a time in my life where I didn't have to worry about Paying bills rent etc. Gets me away from reality I guess. Either way If I have the money I will Always collect, Even if it's a figure from the local $.99 cent store or swap meets if its nice it's mine lol.

08-14-2014, 06:13 PM
Honestly I've always been a collector of various things. To me it's just fun to do. I've always loved films and comics/superhero stuff and am a fairly geeky person by nature not so much in that I can't turn it off in public but my true nature has always included a love for those types of things. I liked toys when I was younger obviously, either playing with them or just setting them up to look cool and I guess 1/6th collecting is an extension of that.

08-24-2014, 04:32 AM
When I was a young boy of 7 years old, my dad (the oldest of 7 siblings), asked me for my money (kept in a Parkay butter tub)--all of 45 cents, I think...and he presented me four Star Wars figures that were on cards from behind his back. At this age, I noticed a "gleam" in my dad's eyes that lasted through 1983 with Return of The Jedi. You see, he never had many toys as a kid being the oldest of 7 to an abusive, alcoholic father. He and his brothers closest in age to him couldn't wait to get out of the house and join the military.
Fast forward many years later, I get adopted and somewhat spoiled (to include baseball card collecting too); well, at least as best as my parents could afford. I never had the AT-AT or the Imperial Shuttle, but I did have most other Star Wars vehicles and playsets and I did get all of the 117 figures including Droids and Ewoks cartoon figures. By the time 1983 came around, I was more interested in chasing skirts, so I have many of those figures still carded. However, my attention shifted with the Star Wars saga on a long hiatus and I got into comics heavily. In the mid-90's, many of the Marvel figures came out that weren't out when I was a kid...so I had to get every Toy Biz figure.
Hit my 30's and really didn't have time for comics, but stayed true to Star Wars and bought up all I could with my job switching from a "job" to a "career".
Now, I have too much stuff and have parted with all duplicates and have focused on 1/6 scale stuff - choosing quality over quantity.
All in all, it is an addiction for me with no cure.
It is tougher nowadays to collect more so than the 90's with many pieces costing much more (I am only imagining due to quality).
I am happy to collect for the most part and becoming more particular on what to keep and what to get part with from the heavier 90's collecting habit that formed.

GE 7
08-27-2014, 03:10 AM
I also find that I'm able to tap into the 'inner kid' in me, esp in collecting figures that help trigger associations with my childhood.

^ That's it for me, memories on a shelf.
It's like a reminder of good times, movies, TV shows.. etc.

09-03-2014, 11:27 AM
For me, maybe because I want my favourite characters to be on my shelves. Also, I love art and sculpture :)

09-03-2014, 11:30 AM
Because I'm a :FREAK:

09-16-2014, 06:00 AM
Just reviving this a bit :-)

I collect 6 inch TMNT and Star wars figures. It started last year when I saw they rereleased the old TMNT figures, so I had to have them, totally nostalgic.
Then they were out with the Star wars 6 inch. Then I got in to the Clone wars series, witch lead me to now pre-ordering Rex, Fives and Echo from Sideshow.

Why did I start??? I had a dad that was more concerned with having money in the bank than use them on his family, so I did not have much. Why do I keep collecting? Well, I found out that the figures are a Symptom release. I'm diagnosed with Combat PTSD (Afghanistan) so some days it's hard to live in the world, and it's hard to walk out the door. Collecting, setting them up and resetting them gives me a state of flow, where I forget all the crap I wish I never was a part of.

Boba Ben
09-16-2014, 09:00 PM
Because I'm stupid.

09-20-2014, 09:15 AM
Because I love film - the worlds they create and the characters that inhabit those worlds. Having the statues brings a bit out of the movie and into my home. And collecting Dinosauria pieces is like having your own little museum! High end Collectibles just increases the realism and wow factor. They're also pieces of artwork and make for interesting conversation when people come over :)